Top class three year-old Zamorar will begin his autumn campaign on Friday night, February 10.
Trainer Butch Bourne will nominate the lightly raced gelding for a sprint at Moonee Valley. “He’s been going extra well since coming back into work,” Bourne said on Thursday. “There are plenty of options and I will plot a more specific path after the first-up run.”
Zamorar (3g Scandal Keeper – Chloris by Scenic) was last seen finishing fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on the first day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. He finished within two lengths of champion colt Sepoy down the straight-six.
Zamorar is by Yarradale Stud sire Scandal Keeper who is a three-quarter brother to the dam of Sepoy.
Scandal Keeper (Danzig) was very popular with Western Australian breeders after Bourne produced Zamorar in public. He trounced a Bendigo maiden field in September and then scored a brilliant barrier-to-box victory at Moonee Valley.
Zamorar followed up with that Group 1 fourth to Sepoy at Flemington and, with the imminent departure of the Darley star, it leaves the three year-old sprint division wide open for the remainder of the season.
Scandal Keeper produced another smart youngster at the Belmont Park trials on Monday. Keeper Quiet is a member of his first crop of Yarradale bred two year-olds and she had won a Lark Hill trial back in October.
Keeper Quiet is a half-sister to 2011 Goldfields Tatt’s Cup winner Defy Me (Heritage).